Category Things I love

El Alcazar

I think Islamic architecture may be my spirit animal. It just speaks to me in ways that nothing else does. The patterns and colours and elegant shapes laid out symmetrically and with water everywhere. It feels both maximalist and minimalist at the same time. Balanced and beautiful. That’s what’s behind the walls of the Real […]

Seville!

Praised be that I had the foresight a few weeks ago to tack on a weekend in Spain ahead of some meetings in Madrid on Monday. After one of the crappiest weeks in recent history at work, I need a mini break (and this just after a 4-day weekend in Ireland!). I left London a […]

Late summer sunflowers

I saw these on my way to get lunch and felt like I needed them in my kitchen. They’re just so bright and cheerful.

Go, go, go Joe!

I read a review of the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that’s running at the London Palladium. The reviewer classed it with The Bridge Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and said they were both delightful must-sees. Having seen Midsummer the week before and unable to agree more, I bought a ticket […]

Searching for Piet Udolph in the Olympic Park

On the far eastern end of London is the sprawling park area where the 2012 Olympics were held. Normally this would not be a draw for me, but I learned that some famous garden designers — including the Dutch designer Piet Udolph — have made some gardens there, and so this weekend I finally made […]

Double-header Saturday

Amanda came to London! Naturally we kicked things off properly with a theatrical double-header: First, a new production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic, a storied old theatre on the south side of the Thames. Andrew Scott (think Moriarty and Hot Priest) was in the lead and he was just wonderful. He’s […]

Mottisfont Abbey